Maurice W. Hansen, known as “Maury” in his earlier days and later as “Moe” was born in Hartford to Farmington residents Lawrence and Sylvia (Mason) Hansen. He grew up in the hill towns of Western Mass and ended up in Westfield where he graduated from High school. He was very mechanically inclined and especially loved working with cars and high power boat engines. He continued his education at Franklin Institute in Boston. He worked as a mechanic, and in HVAC before being one of the first people hired as a Sheet Metal mechanic at the former Digital Equipment Corporation in Westfield, Mass. He ended his career there as an Engineering Technician doing computer aided drafting and tool design.
Wood working was another of his interests. He built furniture, rebuilt, or put on additions to several homes and even built a log cabin in Granville which served as his home for many years. Later in his life he would use his wood working interest to assist disabled individuals make furniture at the workshop of a local human service agency. Moe was a person who loved nature. He found peace and beauty in the surrounding of the woods, and lakes. He had many wonderful memories of camping with his children in a local state forest. He participated in the Westfield White Water canoe races with his friend. Even when he could no longer walk he enjoyed using his mobility scooter on the walking path through the woods at the Ludlow Reservoir and to take his dog for walks around the block.
His interest in cars drew him into joining a group of like- minded guys in building a top fuel dragster, one of the few in New England. He was the only one to be successful at passing the driving test so he became to driver of the car the group named “Wild Thing” He was even featured in the Summer 2022 edition of the Speed and Kulture magazine. He was even in a movie with “Big Daddy” Don Gartlitz. His interest in high power equipment did not stop with dragsters. Later in his life he joined the Mass Mini Modified Tractor pulling club and purchased a modified tractor that produced over 550 horse power on racing gas. The tractor received the appropriate name of “Aggravation” since that is what it sometimes was. The trophies he won at these meets gave him a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Moe liked to travel and the easiest way for him as he aged was to cruise. He went to Bermuda, many of the islands in the Caribbean, and several of the Mayan ruins in Mexico. His last and favorite trip was the cruise to Alaska so he could see the glaciers before they all disappeared.
Unfortunately as the years passed, the hard work he had done during his life took a toll on his body and he was not able to do many of the things he enjoyed so much. He did still enjoy watching nature and travel programs, read books by Clive Cussler and was an avid online shopper.
Moe leaves his wife of 30 years Karen (O’Brien) Hansen, his daughter Wendy Hansen, son Eric Hansen, a grandson Thomas Hansen, step sons Brien Hilton and Waren Smith, his brother Lawrence Hansen, a nephew Lawrence Hansen and two great nephews. Last but not least, his beloved dog Buddy.
Gone from our presence but in our hearts forever.
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